EDITED TO ADD – Just wanted to note – some sources are saying this is a “Super” New Moon (like The Old Farmer’s Almanac), and some are saying the dark moon in July will be the first of two Super New Moons in 2018 (like Time and Date, my usual source for moon times), with the second one being August.
Today, June 13th 2018 at 3:43 pm EST (19:43 UTC), the Dark Gemini Moon arrives in my time zone. However, your mileage may vary – be sure to check for your local time HERE. What does this mean for you? I’ve put together a bunch of information to help shine some light on this lightless event.
First up, I figured I’d share some stuff I’ve put together for Dark Moon posts in the past, so then I can refer back to this post for future Dark Moon posts (rather than just rehashing all of it every month).
Why do you say New/Dark moon? Is there a difference between the two?
My preference is “Dark” but since so many people refer to it as “New”, I include both. I wrote about this a couple years back, but essentially, this is the clarification that feels right to me.
From Lady Althaea‘s website –
The Dark Moon
Astronomically, this refers to the period when the Moon is not visible in the sky. This lasts between 1-3 days, depending upon your location. This is the period between the end of the Waning Moon up to and including the very start of the Waxing Moon, when the Moon is again illuminated by the Sun.
Astrologically and magickally, this refers to the period when the Moon is not illuminated in any way, it is the period between the end of the Waning Moon and the start of the Waxing Moon.
The New Moon
Astronomically, this refers to the Midpoint of the Dark Moon, the time of which the Moon is exactly between phases, i.e. Waxing and Waning, as such, all times given for the New Moon on calendars, and even on the NASA website, are the Midpoint, the peak of, the Dark Moon.
Astrologically and magickally, this refers to the very beginning of the Waxing Moon, when the Moon is again illuminated by the Sun; that very first Crescent of Moon in the Sky.
Magical Dark Moon Facts
Other Dark Moon facts that come in handy when considering ritual, magickal workings, and meditations:
- The Dark Moon rises and sets with the Sun, therefore it is not visible in the night sky
- As the Dark Moon aligns with the path of the Sun, it is at its highest apex in the sky at noon
- The energy of the Dark Moon is as powerful a time as any other in the lunar cycle, and can be accessed during the height of day or dark of night
- Chthonic aspects correspond to the Dark Moon
- Dark Moon magick is best suited to introspection, banishing negativity, or transformational and ancestral work
- The goddess Hecate is associated with the Dark Moon
- Labradorite is the gemstone associated to the Dark Moon
- Dark Moon magick is often practiced widdershins (counter-clockwise direction)
New/Dark Moon Rituals
The New/Dark Moon in Gemini and your Sun Sign
Now for the new stuff. For those of you who are interested in how this new/dark moon will affect your sun sign, I found this wicked awesomesauce article over on Bustle called, How Will The June 2018 New Moon Affect Your Zodiac Sign? Get Ready For Some Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.
New/Dark Moon in Gemini Infographic
Finally, here’s the graphic I created for the occasion, using one of my shots of the Full Wolf Moon in January, darkened with a filter, since it’s tough to snap shots of something that’s “invisible against the backdrop of the Sun in the sky.”
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